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Ed Blackburn
I'm a writer with a myriad of life experiences with a near-fanatical curiosity about people, things and events, especially if they have to do with Texas.
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A grizzled, bearded old man sat at the edge of the pond and gazed quietly at the bob in the water and tugged ever so slightly on the pole’s line so it moved, barely. Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at The Texana Review
I'm 93...and still a bit spry!" Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2014 at The Texana Review
I hadn’t seen Ted in 20 years or so, but found out he was shacked up in a frame house just outside of Balmorhea, Texas…retired, of course, ‘cause he was 96-years-old by my figure. Didn’t call to tell him I was comin’ over. Just got in my pickup and headed west, to Balmorhea Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2013 at The Texana Review
If you’d like to follow me out to the range, I’ll wager you $20 on the best shot out of five…and we’ll shoot bottles of water, your five ‘gainst my five Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2013 at The Texana Review
I slipped...both feet at the same time. Landed full on my back, with a huff from my lungs, and in the mud. "Dangit!" I wheezed, but lay there for a moment, turning my head and reaching for the rain-soaked Dickies cap that Damon had given me a couple of years ago which had tumbled from my noggin' when I fell. Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2013 at The Texana Review
Raining down missiles on Syria serves no purpose to our national interests. America does not need another war. Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2013 at The Texana Review
The founding of Austin sparked one of the Republic’s first great political battles, pitting against each other two Texas titans: Lamar, who in less than a year had risen to vice president from army private, and Sam Houston, the hero of San Jacinto and a man both loved and hated throughout the Republic. Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2013 at The Texana Review
So, after 250 rounds today in an effort to catch I in shape? Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2013 at The Texana Review
"Mister, you sure do talk a lot." Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2013 at The Texana Review
Image © Copyright 2013 Edward Blackburn. All rights reserved. Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2013 at The Texana Review
“It’s not supposed to be there,” he added. Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2013 at The Texana Review
Methinks Nero is fiddling Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2013 at The Texana Review
Portrait of one of the sixty or seventy "neighbors" moving from west to east across my front and back yards this evening. Sierra the Dog sniffed at one, got her muzzle leapt upon resulting in a yelp but no bite... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2013 at The Texana Review
A frantic telephone call from a close friend's young daughter... "You know about cats don't you? Daddy said you did." Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2013 at The Texana Review
Dang near had a heart attack!!! Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2013 at The Texana Review
“Don’t know many folks these days, Ed, that go for gizzards…but obviously you were brung up right!” I smiled, thinking of my upbringing. Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2013 at The Texana Review
Anyone who has spent any time in West Texas (and even those who haven’t) know that West Texans are famous for telling stories, some true, some not-so-true. Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2013 at The Texana Review
After the RanchHand bumper, she went under the front tires, then the back tires and then the trailer tires. Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2012 at The Texana Review
"Truman's famous sign - 'The buck stops here' - tells only half the story. Citizens cannot escape the ultimate responsibility. It is in the voting booth, not on the presidential desk, that the buck finally stops." Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2012 at The Texana Review
So, today, this car (a BMW), catches up to me about five miles out of San Angelo as I return to the ranch. I'm running 65 mph, maybe 70. It pulls up to my bumper, maybe two BMW car lengths away. As a good West Texan, I had already pulled over to the shoulder to let it pass. Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2012 at The Texana Review
It has been told that Leasel Bobo Harris stood on the rough wood planking of a buckboard wagon amidst all his family’s worldly belongings as Sam Houston’s army attacked Santa Anna’s Mexican army at San Jacinto, Texas that pivotal, sunny but sultry day, April 21, 1836. He was nine years old. Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2012 at The Texana Review
It WAS a very small leak...but I embellished the incident, just a little ;-)
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I assigned myself the task of counting 100 vehicles on the highway and in town as I traveled to note how many drivers were using mobile phones as they drove (Yes, there ARE at least 100 over here where I live in West Texas). Starting at the ranch gate, I began counting. First vehicle was a pickup; no...but he waved as he passed with his index finger like friendly folks do out here. Next, a Ford Taurus. Yep, the gal was on her phone. Next vehicle, no. Next vehicle, no. Next vehicle, yes. And so on, and so on. Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2012 at The Texana Review
“Tomorrow morning you are to meet with one of my two sons at daylight. They will question you and decide whether or not you can hire on. Okay?” “Yes sir!” said Vic, unable to suppress a toothy smile. “Yes sir!” He slapped on his hat holding onto it to keep the winds from blowing it off, eased over to his pony, gathered up the reins and started to walk over to the small barn. Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2012 at The Texana Review